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Mourning the Loss of Amelia Louise Swain-Alford

It is with deep sadness that we share news of the homegoing of our beloved Amelia Louise Swain-Alford, who passed away on May 14, 2021, at the age of 97.

Louise Alford was born in Clearview, Oklahoma on November 30, 1923 to Lloyd V. and Rosie Swain. She attended Clearview Elementary School and graduated from Clearview High School. She enrolled at Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1945.

At 22 years old, she was assigned to her first teaching job in 1945 at Waurika Elementary School in Waurika, Oklahoma. She went on to teach at Davis Elementary School, Tullahassee Elementary, Bartlesville Elementary, IXL, Slick and Tulsa Dunbar Elementary Schools. After integration, she accepted her final teaching assignment at Mark Twain Elementary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She remained there until she retired in 1984 after 39 years of service in her profession.